Thursday, January 30, 2014
When I see the holly hedges next to my driveway heavy with berries I know that that Cedar Waxwings will be visiting soon bringing with them their honor guards of Robins. I think the Cedar Waxwings are the prettiest birds we have on the east coast but don't see them often. But every year like clockworks when the holly berries are ripe they swoop in and when they leave not a single holly berry remains. I have a big tree outside the front door and it gets so weighted down with Waxwings and Robins that it sags. They eat the berries, fly off over my walkway, dropping their loads of digested berries, fly down to the creek and drink gallons of water and then go back for more berries. My wife is already complaining so tomorrow hopefully the temperature will rise above 20 and I will hose down the walkway and part of the driveway where the holly hedges are. Some years I just open the garage door and photograph for the couple of hours it takes them to clean the bushes. They are tough to photograph because of the sheen on their feathers is very easy to overexpose. They always arrive together, the Waxwings and the Robins. I will see Robins all year but not a peep out of the Waxwings until next year this time!!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
The Photographic Society of America held it's 2013 Annual Conference in Portland, Maine. I used this as an excuse to visit areas I had never photographed before that were stuck on my bucket list. Even though I had attended school in Connecticut and flew I and out of Boston many times in my career, I had never visited the many outstanding photo destinations there. I visited the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth several times. In fact, I think I photographed it from every possible angle including from a lobster boat. This is one of the ones that I liked...
I spent several days on Cape Cod and enjoyed discovering it's many delights. Provincetown sits at the very tip of Cape Cod. The pilgrims first landed at Provincetown but after a skirmish with the native Indians they moved on to Plymouth. After having my daily Lobster Roll and a Sam Adams I stepped outside the Lobster Pot in Provincetown to this brilliant sunset scene.
The next morning after a disappointing sunrise I drove over to this beach scene. I was awed by the cloud formations and this made up for the like of color in the sunrise location.
Now back to the job of editing the thousands of images captured during a 6-week discovery tour up and down the eastern seaboard.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Visited a nearby wildlife refuge today. PeeDee NWR near Wadesboro, NC. Normally this time of year there are thousands of ducks of all shapes and types. They are busy flooding the cornfields which are the feeding pens for the migrating waterfowl. But no ducks, no geese, not much of anything except thousands of red-winged Blackbirds gorging themselves. The migrating water fowl must be really confused by the weather still being so warm up north and deciding why fly that long distance!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Arrived today in Ft Myers Beach for a few days to visit the many birding spots in the are. It has been a great trip so far. Last week I was in the St Augustine and spent some time in the Rookery in the Alligator Farm. This is a shot of a young Roseate Spoonbill stretching its wings. Earlier that morning his sibling met an untimely death by falling off the edge of the nest and into the Alligator Pond. He was quite weak since this one seemed to hog all the food. I wonder if birds can feel remorse knowing that indirectly he caused his siblling's death!